Chief Curator Position- Tennessee State Museum
The beginnings of the Tennessee State Museum can be traced back to a museum that opened on the Nashville public square in 1817 by portrait artist, Ralph E. W. Earl, whose paintings can still be found in the Museum’s collection. The State Museum was formally established by law in 1937 to consolidate the state’s various collections. First located in the lower level of the War Memorial Building, the Museum moved into the James K. Polk building in 1981. In October 2018, the Museum moved into a new building on the corner of Rosa L. Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street, adjacent to Bicentennial Mall. This year, the State Museum turned 85 years old.
The collection of the State Museum represents decades of collecting and consists of approximately 170,000 artifacts that support Tennessee history. The collection consists of social, political, economic, and cultural artifacts. These artifacts are currently being prepared for a move to a new Collection Research Facility, scheduled to be complete in 2024. An opportunity exists to further research the collection and prepare the Museum for the next chapter of research and access. The Tennessee State Museum is seeking a Chief Curator to help lead the efforts in this transition.
Chief Curator – Application Open Dates: September 15 – October 6, 2022
The mission of the Tennessee State Museum is to procure, preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects which relate to the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Tennessee and Tennesseans, and providing exhibitions and programs for the educational and cultural enrichment of the citizens of the state.
As a key member of the management team, the Chief Curator will work with Executive Director to develop and implement strategic initiatives for the Tennessee State Museum including:
• Curate and maintain a collection of artifacts that tell the extensive history of Tennessee; oversee the strategic initiatives of the collections including: collection analysis, acquisitions, deaccessions, conservation, and research;
• Assist in the development, coordination and enforcement of museum policies and procedures of the Collections Management Policy, including a revision to the Collections Strategic Plan;
• Supervises the curatorial department staff and provides assignment and evaluations;
• Develop temporary and permanent exhibitions that represent the stories of all Tennesseans;
• Support partner institutions and state organizations through the display of museum collections;
• Extend knowledge of the collection and of Tennessee history through research, scholarship, presentations, networking, and collaboration;
• Uphold professional standards to interpret Tennessee history, art, and culture;
• Participate in agency management, budgeting and operations, helping set priorities, supporting staff on a wide range of issues and work across departments;
• Serve as a liaison to businesses, private foundations, elected officials, historic sites, and other departments and museums as needed;
• Represent the Tennessee State Museum within the community.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERTISE:
Graduate degree in a related field such as, history, public history, art history or museum studies from an accredited college or university and experience equivalent to seven or more years in a professional museum.
Written and oral communication skills with the ability to engage and lead;
Excellent organizational skills specific to project management and planning;
Experience supervising and managing a team with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, delegate responsibility, and inspire, engage and motivate staff in a supportive and efficient work environment;
Ability to exercise independent judgment related to significant projects and timely decision-making;
Ability to think quickly and work well with deadlines;
A high standard of professional and ethical conduct, integrity, and accountability; demonstrated knowledge of museum best practices.
The salary range for this position is $4,768 - $6,980 monthly, plus state benefits.
To apply for this position, submit cover letter and resume to:
Sabrina Hooper at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tennessee State Museum does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, or gender in any of its activities or programs. No person in Tennessee shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
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